The Titanic Sank! Phillies Binocular EditionPosted: May 25, 2010
You may be seated. Readers it appears that you have come to a decision. I will now look at the results. At the time of this writing it shows that 73% believe that the Phillies have broken an unwritten rule. I agree.
Baseball is about winning, but it has to be done in the context of integrity. Noticing tendencies is part of competing. If a catcher is lazy about hiding his signs, then you take advantage of that. If you are watching a game on tv and you notice something that tells you what pitch is coming…you apply that knowledge during the game. Watching video applies as well.
So Where is the Line?
The line is located the second it takes a piece of equipment is the only way to “see” a “tell.” In other words, it is alright for you to use your eyes, but it is not alright to use binoculars or a FOX TV camera. Teams may use video to “spy” on anything they like. But when you apply any information, it has to be done without equipment.
Despite what you may think, I like what Mick Billmeyer, the Phillies Bullpen Coach, was trying to do. He was trying to help the team win. Most of the time, the people, players and coach, in the bullpen are not trying to watch tendencies that could help the offense.
What About Victorino?
Shane Victorino was shown talking on the phone in the dugout. There are usually 2 phones in the dugout. One will go to the General Manager or Press Box, and the other is the Bullpen phone.
Now I have been trying my hardest to figure out why Victorino would ever be on the phone. It is not illegal for a player on the bench to pick up the phone, but that is only if the Pitching Coach and Bench Coach can’t get there for some reason. When he does pick up the phone, the person in the bullpen will say, “He’s ready” and the phone is hung up.
Since there is no way for me to know why Victorino was on the phone I can’t make a judgment on his action. However, it is fair to say that it is suspicious when Billmeyer is caught looking at the catcher with binoculars.
Nice Work Readers!
Well done to those of you who chose the correct answer. But, maybe I missed something. If there was something that I didn’t see then I want to hear it!
You are dismissed!